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Maya Angelou Dead at 86

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“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” -Dr. Maya Angelou

I’ll never forget the first time I heard the words of Dr. Maya Angelou. I was watching Oprah and Maya was a guest. I can’t remember the words Maya shared that day, but I remember wanting to hear her speak more because what she was saying grabbed a tight hold of my heart and I found myself thirsty for more of her wisdom.

According to ABC News, Dr. Maya Angelou has lost her life at the age of 86. Her publicist told ABC that she’d been very frail and suffered from heart problems.

Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Misouri. Maya was an American author and poet, publishing seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry. Maya is also credited with a long list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years.

Maya was married several times, but had just one child- a son named Guy who gave her a grandson who in turn gave her two great-grandchildren.

A post on Maya’s Facebook page reads:

Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love. Guy B. Johnson

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